Obituary – Helen Frances McKim

Helen died on 19th October 2020 aged 85 after a short illness. She was the well-loved wife of Frank McKim (CR 1957 – 92) and provided Sunday roasts, chats and support to the boys and girls of Barton Hill while he was housemaster there. Her role as “housemaster’s wife”, she felt, was one of emotional […]

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Obituary – Charles Backhouse (B2 1948-52)

My father, Charles Ivan Backhouse (B2 1948-52), was born in Penzance in 1934 and later educated at Marlborough College where he developed an interest in science and going into medicine, encouraged by both his grandfathers, Dr E Edwards and Dr CF Backhouse. He obviously laid down some lasting memories as when my brother Roger went […]

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Event Review – Bootstrap or Raise

Over 70 Marlburian Entrepreneurs gathered virtually at 8pm GMT (convenient for both sides of the Atlantic) Wednesday 18th November to debate the merits of bootstrapping your enterprise or raising funds from Private Equity / Venture Capitalists. The Zoom event was booted up by OMtrepreneur Professional Group Co-Head Tom Archer (C3 2002-07). We heard how Tom […]

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Max Read (TU 2012-17) running for Sporting Minds UK

Max Read (TU 2012-17) is, alongside three friends, running 569.1km between the four of them to raise awareness of mental health issues. The 569.1 is to signify the 5691 people who took their own lives in 2019. They are running in aid of Sporting Minds UK, a remarkable charity offering 1 to 1 mental health […]

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Event Review – Covid-19; Lessons Learned So Far

On Monday 9th November, more than 300 OMs gathered on Zoom to hear Hugh Pym (C1 1973-77) & Chris Hopson (B1 1976-81) discuss “Covid-19; Lessons Learned So Far”. Both the speakers are seen more or less nightly on TV, as their respective roles are so important in the current health crisis and it was fascinating […]

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Marlborough in a Hundred Objects

Niall Hamilton CR 1985 –, HM (B1 1999-2008), is curating this wonderful project, Marlborough in One Hundred Objects. He explains, “Objects and memorials associated with Marlborough can be found far and wide, and at the College itself there are many artefacts which speak of important episodes in its history. However, in the busy life of […]

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Obituary – Ernest Sandford (C2 1937-42)

Known as Sandy, Ernest Sandford (C2 1937-42) died in August 2020, aged 97. After leaving Marlborough College in 1942, Sandy was due to go to Cambridge to study Classics but instead signed up to the Marines where he served mainly in Italy before traveling to India for training in preparation to fight in Japan, a […]

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Bill Bankes-Jones (TU 1976-80) awarded the BEM

We’re delighted to announce that Bill Bankes-Jones (TU 1976-80), Artistic Director of Tête à Tête Opera Company, has been awarded the BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to opera and diversity.” Tête à Tête said of the award, “After 20 years at the helm of Tête à Tête, it’s a well-deserved recognition of […]

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Obituary – Arthur Hurrell (CR 1961–76)

Arthur Hurrell (CR 1961–76) died on 20th October 2019. He was born on 11 May 1924 and educated at King Edward’s School, Birmingham, and St John’s College, Cambridge, where he read Mechanical Sciences. From 1944 to 1947 he was an Assistant Research and Development Engineer at Boulton Aircraft Armament Ltd, after which he enjoyed a […]

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Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story

The new BBC Documentary “Being Frank : The Frank Gardner (LI 1974-79) Story” went out on BBC2 last week and is now available on the iPlayer. The documentary talks about how suddenly becoming disabled affects your life and how, six years on, he still struggles to come to terms with the change to his life. […]

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Remembrance Service 2020

On Sunday 8th November, Remembrance Sunday, the College would have been gathering in our beautiful Chapel for a Service to remember those Old Marlburians who have fought and fallen in all conflicts, but perhaps especially for the 749 of our number who died in The Great War and the 417 who gave the ultimate sacrifice […]

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John Worlidge (C2 1942-46)

We are very sorry to hear that John Worlidge (C2 1942-46) died, aged 92 on 30th October 2020. John was President of the Marlburian Club (1986-87), on the College Council (1988-96) and remained an active member of the Club and was still attending events last year. A good friend to those of us in the […]

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Third Sector Professional Networking Event

The OM Not For Profit Professional Network warmly invites all present and past Marlburians with an interest in this sector to an evening of virtual networking hosted by Mayoor Patel BCAo (PR 1973-77) on the 5th November at 8pm. The event will begin with a presentation from Mayoor followed by a Q&A and audience discussion. […]

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OMs Emotional Visit to Salvation Army Safe House

Julia de Boinville (TU 2006-08) and Princess Eugenie (MM 2003-08) made an emotional visit to one of the Salvation Army’s safe houses for victims of slavery last week. Having traveled to India together in 2012 to visit Women’s Interlink Foundation, an organisation which rescues girls from modern slavery, gives them a home and teaches them […]

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On the Shelves: I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Jonny Oates (PR 1982-87), British Liberal Democrat politician and member of the House of Lords, has published his autobiography, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden.   “Aged fifteen and armed with a credit card stolen from his father, Jonny Oates ran away from home and boarded a plane to Addis Ababa. His plan? To […]

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OM Focus: Katyuli Lloyd (MO 1998-03)

Katyuli Lloyd (MO 1998-03) returned to Marlborough in September as Artist-in-Residence, and she will be working with pupils across all year-groups throughout the 2020/21 academic year. Katyuli is an artist, illustrator and designer. Following five years here at Marlborough, she read Russian and Modern Greek at Clare College, Cambridge (2004-8). From 2014-2016, she completed an […]

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